President Obama Commemorates 25th Anniversary Of Polish Freedom Day


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Remarks by President Obama at at 25th Anniversary of Freedom Day — Warsaw, Poland

 

President Obama Commemorates 25th Anniversary of Polish Freedom Day

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at an event marking the 25th anniversary of Freedom Day in Warsaw, Poland, June 4, 2014.

 

 

Castle Square
Warsaw, Poland

12:10 P.M. CET

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Hello, Warsaw!  (Applause.)  Witaj, Polsko!  (Applause.)

 

Mr. President; Mr. Prime Minister; Madam Mayor; heads of state and government, past and present — including the man who jumped that shipyard wall to lead a strike that became a movement, the prisoner turned president who transformed this nation — thank you, Lech Walesa, for your outstanding leadership.  (Applause.)

 

Distinguished guests, people of Poland, thank you for your extraordinary welcome and for the privilege of joining you here today.  I bring with me the greetings and friendship of the American people — and of my hometown of Chicago, home to so many proud Polish Americans.  (Applause.)  In Chicago, we think of ourselves as a little piece of Poland.  In some neighborhoods, you only hear Polish.  The faithful come together at churches like Saint Stanislaus Kostka.  We have a parade for Polish Constitution Day.  And every summer, we celebrate the Taste of Polonia, with our kielbasa and pierogies, and we’re all a little bit Polish for that day.  (Applause.)  So being here with you, it feels like home.  (Applause.)

 

Twenty-five years ago today, we witnessed a scene that had once seemed impossible — an election where, for the first time, the people of this nation had a choice.  The Communist regime thought an election would validate their rule or weaken the opposition.  Instead, Poles turned out in the millions.  And when the votes were counted, it was a landslide victory for freedom.  One woman who voted that day said, “There is a sense that something is beginning to happen in Poland.  We feel the taste of Poland again.”  She was right.  It was the beginning of the end of Communism — not just in this country, but across Europe.

 

The images of that year are seared in our memory.  Citizens filling the streets of Budapest and Bucharest.  Hungarians and Austrians cutting the barbed wire border.  Protestors joining hands across the Baltics.  Czechs and Slovaks in their Velvet Revolution.  East Berliners climbing atop that wall.  And we have seen the extraordinary progress since that time.  A united Germany.  Nations in Central and Eastern Europe standing tall as proud democracies.  A Europe that is more integrated, more prosperous and more secure.  We must never forget that the spark for so much of this revolutionary change, this blossoming of hope, was lit by you, the people of Poland.  (Applause.)

 

History was made here.  The victory of 1989 was not inevitable.  It was the culmination of centuries of Polish struggle, at times in this very square.  The generations of Poles who rose up and finally won independence.  The soldiers who resisted invasion, from the east and the west.  The Righteous Among the Nations — among them Jan Karski — who risked all to save the innocent from the Holocaust.  The heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto who refused to go without a fight.  The Free Poles at Normandy and the Poles of the Home Army who — even as this city was reduced to rubble — waged a heroic uprising.

 

We remember how, when an Iron Curtain descended, you never accepted your fate.  When a son of Poland ascended to the Chair of Saint Peter, he returned home, and here, in Warsaw, he inspired a nation with his words — “there can be no just Europe without the independence of Poland.”  (Applause.)  And today we give thanks for the courage of the Catholic Church and the fearless spirit of Saint John Paul II.  (Applause.)

 

We also recall how you prevailed 25 years ago.  In the face of beatings and bullets, you never wavered from the moral force of nonviolence.  Through the darkness of martial law, Poles lit candles in their windows.  When the regime finally agreed to talk, you embraced dialogue.  When they held those elections — even though not fully free — you participated.  As one Solidarity leader said at the time, “We decided to accept what was possible.”  Poland reminds us that sometimes the smallest steps, however imperfect, can ultimately tear down walls, can ultimately transform the world.  (Applause.)

 

But of course, your victory that June day was only the beginning.  For democracy is more than just elections.  True democracy, real prosperity, lasting security — these are neither simply given, nor imposed from the outside.  They must be earned and built from within.  And in that age-old contest of ideas — between freedom and authoritarianism, between liberty and oppression, between solidarity and intolerance — Poland’s progress shows the enduring strength of the ideals that we cherish as a free people.

 

Here we see the strength of democracy:  Citizens raising their voices, free from fear.  Here we see political parties competing in open and honest elections.  Here we see an independent judiciary working to uphold the rule of law.  Here in Poland we see a vibrant press and a growing civil society that holds leaders accountable — because governments exist to lift up their people, not to hold them down.  (Applause.)

 

Here we see the strength of free markets and the results of hard reforms — gleaming skyscrapers soaring above the city, and superhighways across this country, high-tech hubs and living standards that previous generations of Poles could only imagine. This is the new Poland you have built — an economic “Miracle on the Vistula” — Cud nad Wisłą.  (Applause.)

 

Here we see the strength of free nations that stand united. Across those centuries of struggle, Poland’s fate too often was dictated by others.  This land was invaded and conquered, carved up and occupied.  But those days are over.  Poland understands as few other nations do that every nation must be free to chart its own course, to forge its own partnerships, to choose its own allies.  (Applause.)

 

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Poland’s membership in NATO.  We honor Polish service in the Balkans, in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And as Americans, we are proud to call Poland one of our strongest and closest allies.  (Applause.)

 

This is the Poland we celebrate today.  The free and democratic Poland that your forebears and some who are here today dreamed of and fought for and, in some cases, died for.  The growing and secure Poland that you — particularly the young people who are here today — have enjoyed for your entire lives.

 

It’s a wonderful story, but the story of this nation reminds us that freedom is not guaranteed.  And history cautions us to never take progress for granted.  On the same day 25 years ago that Poles were voting here, tanks were crushing peaceful democracy protests in Tiananmen Square on the other side of the world.  The blessings of liberty must be earned and renewed by every generation — including our own.  This is the work to which we rededicate ourselves today.  (Applause.)

 

Our democracies must be defined not by what or who we’re against, but by a politics of inclusion and tolerance that welcomes all our citizens.  Our economies must deliver a broader prosperity that creates more opportunity — across Europe and across the world — especially for young people.  Leaders must uphold the public trust and stand against corruption, not steal from the pockets of their own people.  Our societies must embrace a greater justice that recognizes the inherent dignity of every human being.  And as we’ve been reminded by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, our free nations cannot be complacent in pursuit of the vision we share — a Europe that is whole and free and at peace.  We have to work for that.  We have to stand with those who seek freedom.  (Applause.)

 

I know that throughout history, the Polish people were abandoned by friends when you needed them most.  So I’ve come to Warsaw today — on behalf of the United States, on behalf of the NATO Alliance — to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to Poland’s security.  Article 5 is clear — an attack on one is an attack on all.  And as allies, we have a solemn duty — a binding treaty obligation — to defend your territorial integrity.  And we will.  We stand together — now and forever — for your freedom is ours. (Applause.)  Poland will never stand alone.  (Applause.)  But not just Poland — Estonia will never stand alone.  Latvia will never stand alone.  Lithuania will never stand alone.  Romania will never stand alone.  (Applause.)

 

These are not just words.  They’re unbreakable commitments backed by the strongest alliance in the world and the armed forces of the United States of America — the most powerful military in history.  (Applause.)  You see our commitment today. In NATO aircraft in the skies of the Baltics.  In allied ships patrolling the Black Sea.  In the stepped-up exercises where our forces train together.  And in our increased and enduring American presence here on Polish soil.  We do these things not to threaten any nation, but to defend the security and territory of ourselves and our friends.

 

Yesterday, I announced a new initiative to bolster the security of our NATO allies and increase America’s military presence in Europe.  With the support of Congress, this will mean more pre-positioned equipment to respond quickly in a crisis, and exercises and training to keep our forces ready; additional U.S. forces — in the air, and sea, and on land, including here in Poland.  And it will mean increased support to help friends like Ukraine, and Moldova and Georgia provide for their own defense.  (Applause.)

 

Just as the United States is increasing our commitment, so must others.  Every NATO member is protected by our alliance, and every NATO member must carry its share in our alliance.  This is the responsibility we have to each other.

 

Finally, as free peoples, we join together, not simply to safeguard our own security but to advance the freedom of others. Today we affirm the principles for which we stand.

 

We stand together because we believe that people and nations have the right to determine their own destiny.  And that includes the people of Ukraine.  Robbed by a corrupt regime, Ukrainians demanded a government that served them.  Beaten and bloodied, they refused to yield.  Threatened and harassed, they lined up to vote; they elected a new President in a free election — because a leader’s legitimacy can only come from the consent of the people.

 

Ukrainians have now embarked on the hard road of reform.  I met with President-elect Poroshenko this morning, and I told him that, just as free nations offered support and assistance to Poland in your transition to democracy, we stand with Ukrainians now.  (Applause.)  Ukraine must be free to choose its own future for itself and by itself.  (Applause.)  We reject the zero-sum thinking of the past — a free and independent Ukraine needs strong ties and growing trade with Europe and Russia and the United States and the rest of the world.  Because the people of Ukraine are reaching out for the same freedom and opportunities and progress that we celebrate here today — and they deserve them, too.

 

We stand together because we believe that upholding peace and security is the responsibility of every nation.  The days of empire and spheres of influence are over.  Bigger nations must not be allowed to bully the small, or impose their will at the barrel of a gun or with masked men taking over buildings.  And the stroke of a pen can never legitimize the theft of a neighbor’s land.  So we will not accept Russia’s occupation of Crimea or its violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.  (Applause.)   Our free nations will stand united so that further Russian provocations will only mean more isolation and costs for Russia. (Applause.)  Because after investing so much blood and treasure to bring Europe together, how can we allow the dark tactics of the 20th century to define this new century?

 

We stand together because we know that the spirit of Warsaw and Budapest and Prague and Berlin stretches to wherever the longing for freedom stirs in human hearts, whether in Minsk or Caracas, or Damascus or Pyongyang.  Wherever people are willing to do the hard work of building democracy — from Tbilisi to Tunis, from Rangoon to Freetown — they will have a partner in our nations.  For in the struggles of these citizens we recall our own struggles.  In their faces we see our own.  And few see this more clearly than the people of Poland.

 

The Ukrainians of today are the heirs of Solidarity — men and women like you who dared to challenge a bankrupt regime.  When your peaceful protests were met with an iron fist, Poles placed flowers in the shipyard gate.

 

Today, Ukrainians honor their fallen with flowers in Independence Square.  We remember the Polish voter who rejoiced to “feel the taste of Poland again.”  Her voice echoes in the young protestor in the Maidan who savored what she called “a taste of real freedom.”  “I love my country,” she said, and we are standing up for “justice and freedom.”  And with gratitude for the strong support of the Polish people, she spoke for many Ukrainians when she said, “Thank you, Poland.  We hear you and we love you.”  (Applause.)

 

Today we can say the same.  Thank you, Poland — thank you for your courage.  Thank you for reminding the world that no matter how brutal the crackdown, no matter how long the night, the yearning for liberty and dignity does not fade away.  It will never go away.  Thank you, Poland, for your iron will and for showing that, yes, ordinary citizens can grab the reins of history, and that freedom will prevail — because, in the end, tanks and troops are no match for the force of our ideals.

 

Thank you, Poland — for your triumph — not of arms, but of the human spirit, the truth that carries us forward. There is no change without risk, and no progress without sacrifice, and no freedom without solidarity.  (Applause.)

 

Dziękuję, Polsko!  God bless Poland.  (Applause.)  God bless America.  God bless our unbreakable alliance.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

 

END
12:28 P.M. CET

 

President Obama delivers remarks at 25th Anniversary Freedom Event in Castle Square, Warsaw.

President Obama delivers remarks at 25th Anniversary Freedom Event in Castle Square, Warsaw.

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 4th Of June: Brussels, Belgium.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – June 4th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and then meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy to Poland at the Warsaw Marriot Hotel. There will be a pool spray at the bottom of the bilateral meeting with statements, and the meet with embassy employees and family members will be closed press.

 

Afterward, the President will travel to the Royal Castle. He will be greeted by President Komorowski and take an official family photo with leaders attending the Freedom Day event, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first partially free election. At the Royal Castle, the President will deliver remarks commemorating Freedom Day. There will be pre-set pool coverage of the arrival and family photo, and the President’s remarks are open press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will depart Poland en route Brussels, Belgium. The departure from Warsaw Chopin Airport will be pooled coverage, and the arrival at Brussels National Airport is open press.

 

In the evening, the President will travel to the Royal Palace of Brussels to take an official photo and meet with King Philippe and Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo of Belgium. There will be a travel pool spray during the official photo, and the meeting will be closed press. Afterward, the President will travel to the European Council-Justus Lipsius Building, where he will be greeted by and take a photo with EU leaders Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy. There will be pre-set pool coverage of the photo. The President will then attend the 2014 G-7 Summit, which will begin with a leaders working dinner on foreign policy issues. There will be a limited pool spray at the top of the dinner.

 

The President will remain overnight in Brussels.

 

 

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Wednesday, June 4 2014 All Times ET

 

3:30 AM: The President holds a bilateral meeting with President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. Local Event Time: 9:30 AM. Warsaw Marriott Hotel.

 

4:30 AM: The President meets with embassy staff and family members. Local Event Time: 10:30 AM. Warsaw Marriott Hotel.

 

5:15 AM: The President is greeted by President Komorowski. Local Event Time: 11:15 AM. Royal Castle – Warsaw.

 

5:20 AM: The President participates in a family photo with leaders. Local Event Time: 11:20 AM. Royal Castle – Warsaw.

 

5:30 AM: The President participates in the Freedom Day event and delivers remarks. Local Event Time: 11:30 AM. Royal Castle – Warsaw.

 

7:25 AM: The President departs Poland en route Belgium. Local Event Time: 1:25 AM. Warsaw Chopin Airport.

 

9:20 AM: The President arrives Belgium. Local Event Time: 3:20 PM. Brussels National Airport.

 

1:20 PM: The President takes an official photo with King Philippe and Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo of Belgium. Local Event Time: 7:20 PM. Royal Palace of Brussels.

 

1:25 PM: The President meets with King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo. Local Event Time: 7:25 PM. Royal Palace of Brussels.

 

1:55 PM: The President arrives Council of the European Union. Local Event Time: 7:55 PM. Justus Lipsius Building – Brussels.

 

2:00 PM: The President takes a photo with EU Leaders. Local Event Time: 8:00 PM. Justus Lipsius Building – Brussels.

 

2:20 PM: The President attends G-7 working dinner. Local Event Time: 8:20 PM. Justus Lipsius Building – Brussels.

 

3:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks about workforce development at an event hosted by The Third Way. Ronald Reagan International Trade Center.

 

6:30 PM: The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden host a reception for Asian-American and Pacific Islander community leaders. The Naval Observatory.

 

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Speeches and Remarks – June 04, 2014

 

Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine After Bilateral Meeting

 

Remarks by President Obama at at 25th Anniversary of Freedom Day

 

Remarks by President Obama at at 25th Anniversary of Freedom Day — Warsaw, Poland

 

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Statements and Releases – June 04, 2014

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

 

Tiananmen Square: Marking The 25th Anniversary

 

 

Twenty-five years ago, the United States deplored the use of violence to silence the voices of the peaceful demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square.  Twenty-five years later, the United States continues to honor the memories of those who gave their lives in and around Tiananmen Square and throughout China, and we call on Chinese authorities to account for those killed, detained, or missing in connection with the events surrounding June 4, 1989.

 

The United States will always speak out in support of the basic freedoms the protestors at Tiananmen Square sought, including the freedom of expression, the freedom of the press, and the freedoms of association and assembly.  These freedoms—which are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, the Chinese Constitution, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—are values the United States champions around the world.

 

The American people and government applaud China’s extraordinary social and economic progress over the past three decades and value good relations with the Chinese people and government.  Even as we continue our cooperation on areas of common interest, the United States will continue to be clear about our differences, and urge the Chinese government to guarantee the universal rights and fundamental freedoms that are the birthright of all Chinese citizens.

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Presidential Election in Egypt

 

 

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Wednesday, June 4

  • President Obama meets with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine.
  • In Brussels, President Obama meets with King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium at the Royal Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends the G-7 Summit, which begins with a leaders working dinner on foreign policy issues.

 

 

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  • President Obama then attends the G-7 leaders working lunch on development.
  • Following the G-7, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting.
  • President Obama then departs for Paris.
  • In Paris, President Obama and President Hollande of France have a private dinner.

 

 

Friday, June 6

  • President Obama departs Paris for Normandy, France.
  • President Obama and President Hollande participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.
  • President Obama then attends a lunch with leaders, hosted by France.
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama attends the official international 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony at Sword Beach, Normandy, and then departs for the USA.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead.

 

Wednesday

In the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine. Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event. At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom. After that event, the President will fly to Brussels, Belgium. He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe. Then he will attend the G7 summit. That night, the leaders will have a working dinner.

 

Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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Exercising at the gym at the Marriott this guy did not expect. “Obama looked laid-back, sometimes a moment to talk with someone”

 

Barack Obama's visit to Poland was not the typical. What a surprise it must have been exercising at the gym, when they saw that it enters the U.S. president himself!

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Gym Holmes Place Premium Hilton Marriott Hotel. Dumbbell exercises biceps and pecs. One would like to say a day, like every day. But suddenly the room comes unexpected guest: Barack Obama and begins to practice with other fans of sporty silhouette. One of the witnesses has posted on Facebook photos of practicing U.S. president.

 

Barack Obama’s visit to the gym so you really should not be surprising – the U.S. media writes about him as “the most athletic president of the USA.”Almost 53-year-old leader is in great shape, often stresses that the exercise 6 times a week. And as you can see, on the road no exceptions. Surprising it may just be that the president did not ask to reserve the gym for himself and practicing with others. On the other hand – we’re talking about the president, who can provide entertaining interviews in which he admits that bed linen and bed and eats healthily . Oh and do not forget the phenomenal interview with Zack Galifianakis Obama . Which president has enough distance to each other?

 

We talked with the director of photography and witness this special event, Jean Ekwą. How to behave Barack Obama at the gym?

 

President Obama at the gym behaved peacefully, culturally.No epatował their presence. If not for security, it is difficult to notice his presence. There were about 10 security guards.The guards were present in the room while he practiced on it.But “not held him by the hand.” The president looked laid-back, listening to music on headphones, sometimes a moment with someone spoke, he smiled, but he was focused on training. He practiced for about 40 to 50 minutes. Perform general-practice, a little walk on the treadmill, performed slopes, gimnastykował up – he told us Jean Ekwa.

 

Barack Obama did not avoid conversations with other guests gym.

 

When people hit on him, the president smiling, replied, casually, but very friendly, gave his hand. I have not talked to him. I knew that President Obama is in Poland, but I did not expect that I practiced with him at the gym – added Ekwa.

 

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The President Of The United States, Barack Hussein Obama, In Brussels, Belgium. June 4th, 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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All times Central European (six hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time)

 

9:50 AM: President Obama meets with Ukraine President-elect Petro Poroshenko, Warsaw (3:50 AM EST)

 

10:30: Meets with embassy staff and family members (4:30 AM EST)

 

11:20: Participates in a family photo with leaders, Royal Castle (5:20 AM EST)

 

11:30: Departs Poland (5:30 AM EST)

 

3:20 PM: Arrives Belgium (9:20 AM EST)

 

7:25: Meets with King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium (1:25 PM EST)

 

7:55: Arrives Council of the European Union, Brussels (1:55 PM EST)

 

8:20: Attends a G-7 working dinner, Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels (2:20 PM EST)

 

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President Obama Speaks at the Freedom Day Event at the Royal Castle

 

Scheduled for Jun 4, 2014

Warsaw, Poland

 

 

 

Exercising at the gym at the Marriott this guy did not expect. “Obama looked laid-back, sometimes a moment to talk with someone”

 

Barack Obama's visit to Poland was not the typical. What a surprise it must have been exercising at the gym, when they saw that it enters the U.S. president himself!

Barack Obama’s visit to Poland was not the typical. What a surprise it must have been exercising at the gym, when they saw that it enters the U.S. president himself!

z16090125q

 

Gym Holmes Place Premium Hilton Marriott Hotel. Dumbbell exercises biceps and pecs. One would like to say a day, like every day. But suddenly the room comes unexpected guest: Barack Obama and begins to practice with other fans of sporty silhouette. One of the witnesses has posted on Facebook photos of practicing U.S. president.

 

Barack Obama’s visit to the gym so you really should not be surprising – the U.S. media writes about him as “the most athletic president of the USA.”Almost 53-year-old leader is in great shape, often stresses that the exercise 6 times a week. And as you can see, on the road no exceptions. Surprising it may just be that the president did not ask to reserve the gym for himself and practicing with others. On the other hand – we’re talking about the president, who can provide entertaining interviews in which he admits that bed linen and bed and eats healthily . Oh and do not forget the phenomenal interview with Zack Galifianakis Obama . Which president has enough distance to each other?

 

We talked with the director of photography and witness this special event, Jean Ekwą. How to behave Barack Obama at the gym?

 

President Obama at the gym behaved peacefully, culturally.No epatował their presence. If not for security, it is difficult to notice his presence. There were about 10 security guards.The guards were present in the room while he practiced on it.But “not held him by the hand.” The president looked laid-back, listening to music on headphones, sometimes a moment with someone spoke, he smiled, but he was focused on training. He practiced for about 40 to 50 minutes. Perform general-practice, a little walk on the treadmill, performed slopes, gimnastykował up – he told us Jean Ekwa.

 

Barack Obama did not avoid conversations with other guests gym.

 

When people hit on him, the president smiling, replied, casually, but very friendly, gave his hand. I have not talked to him. I knew that President Obama is in Poland, but I did not expect that I practiced with him at the gym – added Ekwa.

 

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President Obama Holds a Press Conference with President Komorowski

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama and President Komorowski of Poland deliver remarks in a joint press conference in Warsaw, June 3, 2014.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, June 4

  • President Obama meets with President-electPoroshenko of Ukraine.
  • In Brussels, President Obama meets with King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium at the Royal Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends the G-7 Summit, which begins with a leaders working dinner on foreign policy issues.

 

 

 

Thursday, June 5

  • President Obama participates in G-7 meetings on economics and energy and climate.
  • President Obama then attends the G-7 leaders working lunch on development.
  • Following the G-7, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting.
  • President Obama then departs for Paris.
  • In Paris, President Obama and President Hollande of France have a private dinner.

 

 

 

Friday, June 6

  • President Obama departs Paris for Normandy, France.
  • President Obama and President Hollande participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.
  • President Obama then attends a lunch with leaders, hosted by France.
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama attends the official international 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony at Sword Beach, Normandy, and then departs for the USA.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead.

 

Wednesday

In the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine. Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event. At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom. After that event, the President will fly to Brussels, Belgium. He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe. Then he will attend the G7 summit. That night, the leaders will have a working dinner.

 

Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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PBS NewsHour  Tuesday, June 3, 2014

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

Tonight on the program, we examine the ongoing questions surrounding the swap for American prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl and whether he was a deserter. Also: Democrats seek distance from carbon-cutting plans in coal states, Syria’s presidential election is condemned as rigged, a second look at the costs of child care and a look inside the world of soul singer Charles Bradley.

 

 

 

Did McCain change positions on a Bergdahl prisoner swap?

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

Jake Tapper highlights how Sen. McCain’s position shifted on a prisoner exchange for Bergdahl from February to now.

 

 

 

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President Of The United States, Barack Hussein Obama, In Warsaw, Poland, June 3rd, 2014.


 

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President Obama Arrives in Poland

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama arrived in Poland to begin a three-country European tour. The President’s highlighted security concerns when he spoke in Warsaw. (June 3)

 

 

 

Poland: Obama arrives for talks in Warsaw

 

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at the Belweder Presidential Palace where he met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on Tuesday. Arriving by convoy, Obama’s entourage was surrounded by police and security forces

 

 

 

Poland: Obama arrives in Warsaw for talks with Komorowski

 

 

 

President Obama Holds a Press Conference with President Komorowski

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama and President Komorowski of Poland deliver remarks in a joint press conference in Warsaw, June 3, 2014.

 

 

 

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All times are Eastern Time (ET)

 

3:50 AM: The President arrives Warsaw, Poland

 

4:15 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland meet with U.S. and Polish airmen

 

4:55 AM: The President arrives at Belweder Palace

 

5:10 AM: The President participates in a bilateral meeting with President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland

 

6:30 AM: The President holds a joint press conference with President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland

 

7:30 AM: The President arrives at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister

 

7:40 AM: The President participates in a bilateral meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk

 

8:25 AM: The President and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk deliver statements to the press

 

9:05 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland greet participants of the meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders

 

9:15 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland host a meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders

 

10:45 AM: The President joins the Central and Eastern European Leaders for a photo

 

1:30 PM: The President attends a Solidarity Dinner

 

 

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Exercising at the gym at the Marriott this guy did not expect. “Obama looked laid-back, sometimes a moment to talk with someone”

 

Barack Obama's visit to Poland was not the typical. What a surprise it must have been exercising at the gym, when they saw that it enters the U.S. president himself!

Barack Obama’s visit to Poland was not the typical. What a surprise it must have been exercising at the gym, when they saw that it enters the U.S. president himself!

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Gym Holmes Place Premium Hilton Marriott Hotel. Dumbbell exercises biceps and pecs. One would like to say a day, like every day. But suddenly the room comes unexpected guest: Barack Obama and begins to practice with other fans of sporty silhouette. One of the witnesses has posted on Facebook photos of practicing U.S. president.

 

Barack Obama’s visit to the gym so you really should not be surprising – the U.S. media writes about him as “the most athletic president of the USA.”Almost 53-year-old leader is in great shape, often stresses that the exercise 6 times a week. And as you can see, on the road no exceptions. Surprising it may just be that the president did not ask to reserve the gym for himself and practicing with others. On the other hand – we’re talking about the president, who can provide entertaining interviews in which he admits that bed linen and bed and eats healthily . Oh and do not forget the phenomenal interview with Zack Galifianakis Obama . Which president has enough distance to each other?

 

We talked with the director of photography and witness this special event, Jean Ekwą. How to behave Barack Obama at the gym?

 

President Obama at the gym behaved peacefully, culturally.No epatował their presence. If not for security, it is difficult to notice his presence. There were about 10 security guards.The guards were present in the room while he practiced on it.But “not held him by the hand.” The president looked laid-back, listening to music on headphones, sometimes a moment with someone spoke, he smiled, but he was focused on training. He practiced for about 40 to 50 minutes. Perform general-practice, a little walk on the treadmill, performed slopes, gimnastykował up – he told us Jean Ekwa.

 

Barack Obama did not avoid conversations with other guests gym.

 

When people hit on him, the president smiling, replied, casually, but very friendly, gave his hand. I have not talked to him. I knew that President Obama is in Poland, but I did not expect that I practiced with him at the gym – added Ekwa.

 

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Obama Praises Polish Video Game

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

Economic development can take all kinds of forms — even video games. After meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Warsaw, President Obama praised the game “The Witcher” as a prime example how Poland is becoming a manufacturing and high-tech hub. Obama said, “The last time I was here, Donald gave me a gift — the video game developed here in Poland that’s won fans the world over, ‘The Witcher. I confess, I’m not very good at video games,” the president added.

 

 

 

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President Obama Meets with European Leaders

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks before meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders in Warsaw, June 3, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Tusk

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama and Prime Minister Tusk of Poland deliver remarks to the press after their meeting in Warsaw, June 3, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama and President Komorowski Meet with U.S. and Polish Airmen

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

Speeches and Remarks – June 02, 2014

 

Remarks by the First Lady at a DCCC Event

 

Remarks by the First Lady at the Keel Laying Ceremony for the PCU ILLINOIS

 

Remarks by The President in a Conference Call hosted by Public Health Groups

 

 

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Statements and Releases – June 03, 2014

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Central and Eastern Europe: Enduring Cooperation

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Poland: Strong and United

 

FACT SHEET: European Reassurance Initiative and Other U.S. Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners

 

 

Vice President Biden to Travel to Ukraine

The Vice President will lead a Presidential delegation to Kyiv on June 7 to attend the inauguration of Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko. The Vice President will also hold meetings with Ukraine’s leaders to discuss President-elect Poroshenko’s agenda, the situation in the east, and how the United States can assist Ukraine with fighting corruption, strengthening its democratic institutions, and putting its economy back on a path towards sustainable growth.

 

Additional details about the Vice President’s trip will be released at a later date.

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

 

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June 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, center, talks with EPA staff members who worked on the power-plant emissions standards, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, center, talks with EPA staff members who worked on the power-plant emissions standards, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

June 3rd 2014: Warsaw, Poland Photos of the Day

 

 

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President Obama is taking action on climate change

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama has proposed the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants—the New York Times says it’s “the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change.”

 

 

 

Tennessee Cotton Gin Boss Caught on Tape – We Hang BLACKS for Drinking WHITE PEOPLE ONLY Water

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

A cotton gin in Memphis, Tennessee is facing a federal discrimination complaint after one of its supervisors was caught on a cell phone recording making racist remarks to black employees. African-American workers at the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse this week described to WREG treatment that evoked cotton’s historic connections to racism and slavery. According to Antonio Harris and Marrio Mangrum, their boss at the cotton gin longed for the days of Jim Crow, when white men could “hang” black men for drinking from the wrong water fountain. “He would be like, ‘You need to think like a white man,'” Mangrum recalled.

 

 

 

GEICO Rocky Mountains – The Gecko’s Journey

 

 

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Wednesday, June 4

  • President Obama meets with President-electPoroshenko of Ukraine.
  • In Brussels, President Obama meets with King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium at the Royal Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends the G-7 Summit, which begins with a leaders working dinner on foreign policy issues.

 

 

Thursday, June 5

  • President Obama participates in G-7 meetings on economics and energy and climate.
  • President Obama then attends the G-7 leaders working lunch on development.
  • Following the G-7, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting.
  • President Obama then departs for Paris.
  • In Paris, President Obama and President Hollande of France have a private dinner.

 

 

Friday, June 6

  • President Obama departs Paris for Normandy, France.
  • President Obama and President Hollande participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.
  • President Obama then attends a lunch with leaders, hosted by France.
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama attends the official international 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony at Sword Beach, Normandy, and then departs for the USA.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead.

 

Wednesday

In the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine. Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event. At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom. After that event, the President will fly to Brussels, Belgium. He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe. Then he will attend the G7 summit. That night, the leaders will have a working dinner.

 

Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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Where In The World Is Barack™: Warsaw, Poland.


 

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White House Schedule – June 3rd, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will arrive in Warsaw, Poland. The arrival at Warsaw Chopin Airport will have pool press coverage. Upon arrival at Warsaw Chopin Airport, the President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland will have an opportunity at the airport to meet with U.S. and Polish airmen who are supporting an aviation mission based at Lask Air Base. This event is open press.

 

Following this event, the President will travel to Belweder Palace to take part in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Komorowski. There will be pre-set pool coverage of the President’s arrival at Belweder Palace, a travel pool spray at the top of the bilateral meeting, and the press conference is open press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will travel to the Chancellery of the Prime Minister to participate in a bilateral meeting and deliver statements to the press with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. There will be pre-set pool coverage of the President’s arrival at the Chancellery, a travel pool spray at the top of the meeting, and the statements are open press.

 

Later, the President will go to the Koniecpolski Palace to co-host with President Komorowski a meeting with Central and Eastern European leaders. Following the meeting, the leaders will gather for an official photo. There will be a travel pool coverage of the President’s arrival greet with the leaders, a travel pool spray at the top of the meeting and travel pool coverage of the photo opportunity.

 

In the evening, the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the Royal Castle. There will be pre-set and travel pool coverage at the top of the dinner. The President will remain overnight in Poland.

 

 

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1st, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, JUNE 2nd, 2014

 

Tuesday, June 3 2014 All Times ET

 

3:50 AMThe President arrives Warsaw, Poland. Local Event Time: 9:50 AM. Warsaw Chopin Airport.

 

4:15 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland meet with U.S. and Polish airmen. Local Event Time: 10:15 AM. Warsaw Chopin Airport.

 

4:55 AM: The President arrives at Belweder Palace. Local Event Time: 10:55 AM. Belweder Palace – Warsaw.

 

5:10 AM: The President participates in a bilateral meeting with President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland. Local Event Time: 11:10 AM. Belweder Palace – Warsaw.

 

6:30 AMThe President holds a joint press conference with President. Local Event Time: 12:30 PM. Belweder Palace – Warsaw.

 

7:30 AMThe President arrives at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Local Event Time: 1:30 PM. Chancellery of the Prime Minister – Warsaw.

 

7:40 AM: The President participates in a bilateral meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Local Event Time: 1:40 PM. Chancellery of the Prime Minister – Warsaw.

 

8:25 AM: The President and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk deliver statements to the press. Local Event Time: 2:25 PM. Chancellery of the Prime Minister – Warsaw.

 

9:05 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland greet participants of the meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders. Local Event Time: 3:05 PM. Koniecpolski Palace – Warsaw.

 

9:15 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland host a meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders. Local Event Time: 3:15 PM. Koniecpolski Palace – Warsaw.

 

10:45 AM: The President joins the Central and Eastern European Leaders for a photo opportunity. Local Event Time: 4:45 PM. Koniecpolski Palace – Warsaw.

 

1:30 PMThe President attends a Solidarity Dinner. Local Event Time: 7:30 PM. Royal Castle – Warsaw.

 

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President Obama and Prime Minister Donald Tusk Make a Statement to the Press

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The President’s 2014 Trip Itinerary To Europe: Poland, Belgium, And France, June 3rd To June 6th.

 

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, previews the President’s upcoming trip to Poland, Belgium and France.

 

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies, President Obama is traveling to Poland, Belgium, and France, June 3-6, 2014. While in Warsaw, the President will hold bilateral meetings and join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Freedom Day, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism. From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit, and will then continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

 

 

TheObamaCrat™ Will Be Tagging Along With The POTUSA And Posting Daily Updates On The Trip Progress & Highlights.

 

 

Previewing the President’s Trip to Europe

 

Published on May 30, 2014

Ben RhodesDeputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, previews the President’s upcoming trip to Poland, Belgium and France.

 

 

 

Trip Schedule

 

Tuesday, June 3

  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony at Warsaw Chopin Airport with President Komorowski, after which they meet American and Polish airmen.
  • President Obama and President Komorowski hold a bilateral meeting at Belweder Palace, followed by a press conference.
  • Afterward, President Obama and Prime Minister Tusk have a bilateral meeting at the Polish Chancellery, followed by remarks to the press.
  • In the afternoon, President Obama and President Komorowski co-host a meeting of Central and European Leaders at the Presidential Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends an official dinner at the Royal Castle to honor Poland’s Solidarity movement.

 

 

Wednesday, June 4

  • President Obama meets with President-electPoroshenko of Ukraine.
  • In Brussels, President Obama meets with King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium at the Royal Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends the G-7 Summit, which begins with a leaders working dinner on foreign policy issues.

 

 

 

Thursday, June 5

  • President Obama participates in G-7 meetings on economics and energy and climate.
  • President Obama then attends the G-7 leaders working lunch on development.
  • Following the G-7, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting.
  • President Obama then departs for Paris.
  • In Paris, President Obama and President Hollande of France have a private dinner.

 

 

 

Friday, June 6

  • President Obama departs Paris for Normandy, France.
  • President Obama and President Hollande participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.
  • President Obama then attends a lunch with leaders, hosted by France.
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama attends the official international 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony at Sword Beach, Normandy, and then departs for the USA.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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Press Briefing by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on the President’s Upcoming Trip to Poland, Belgium and France

 

Via Conference Call

 

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MS. HAYDEN:  Hi, everyone.  Thanks for joining on what we know has been a fairly busy Friday for you.  Today we’re going to do a preview of the President’s trip to Europe next week.  Our speaker is Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes.  He’ll be speaking to you on the record, and there’s no embargo on this call.

So with that, I will hand it over to Ben.

MR. RHODES:  Thanks, everybody, for joining the call on what I know has been a busy day.  I’ll just say at the outset that, echoing I think what you heard the President say, we are very sad that Jay Carney will be leaving us.  He’s been a tremendous friend and colleague to all of us who work here in the White House the last five years.  I know he has very green pastures to return to, but we’re sorry that he is leaving us and won’t be on this upcoming trip.  But we’ve enjoyed so much working with him, learning from him, and getting his perspective not just as a Press Secretary but as a former journalist and foreign correspondent himself.

With that, let me just go through some of the objectives for the President’s upcoming trip, and then his schedule.  First of all, I think this trip to Europe comes at a very important time in the Transatlantic relationship as we seek to reaffirm our commitments to our European allies, deepen our cooperation with our European allies, and pursue an agenda that can shore up both the security and economic foundations of the Transatlantic partnership.

I think in terms of the issues that will be in play throughout the President’s trip, we generally will have a focus on our support for the people and government of Ukraine; our efforts to strengthen and modernize NATO; our work to diversify European energy security; and our negotiations around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  So there’s a broad agenda for the President throughout the trip.

To go through his schedule, we will arrive in Warsaw on Tuesday morning.  He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then President Obama and President Komorowski will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting our aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland.  This was an additional step the United States took in providing F-16s and an aviation detachment to Poland as part of our effort to reassure our European and particularly Eastern European allies in the aftermath of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  So the two leaders will have a chance to thank some of the personnel involved in that effort.

Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski.  The U.S.-Polish alliance is critical to the Transatlantic relationship generally and is a foundation of America’s support for not just the Polish people but Eastern European allies generally.  And the leaders will have an opportunity to discuss the situation in Ukraine, NATO, and energy, and the broader U.S.-Polish relationship.

Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk, where he’ll continue that discussion rooted in the bilateral relationship.  Then the United States and Poland will host a meeting of our broader Eastern and Central European allies.  The President has done this on a couple of occasions earlier in his presidency.  And given the focus on reassuring and consulting with our Central and Eastern European allies, we determined with the Poles that it would be good to host this meeting in Warsaw.  This will include the United States and Poland, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and of course, the United States and Poland are co-hosting that meeting.  So they will also review the agenda that I spoke of earlier.

That evening the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.  Of course, we are visiting Poland on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity — well, the first partially free election in Poland’s history that grew out of the courage and heroism of the Solidarity movement.  So the President will have an opportunity to meet with the leaders and other attendees at that Solidarity Dinner where I know the Polish government is paying tribute to people who have played a critical role in advancing democracy and human rights.

On Wednesday morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine.  This is an important time for President Obama to affirm directly to President-elect Poroshenko our commitment to the people of Ukraine.  We have a broad agenda to work with them; to stabilize the economy; to provide significant assistance as they seek to reestablish stability and growth within Ukraine; and also, of course, to support their efforts to reduce tensions to pursue dialogue and unity within Ukraine; and also to work with the European allies, with Russia, and above all with the government of Ukraine to facilitate dialogue to reduce the tensions within Ukraine.

Again, we very much admired that the people of Ukraine have turned out in huge numbers to elect President-elect Poroshenko.  We’ve admired his commitment to pursue dialogue and to aim to reduce tensions and put Ukraine on a positive path.  And in these days before his inauguration, this will be an important time for the President to check in directly and review his agenda.

Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event.  At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom.  In his speech, I think he’ll have an opportunity to speak about the history of the democratic movement within Poland, its resonance beyond Poland’s borders, and its connections to many of the movements for democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and around the world.

He’ll also have a chance to reaffirm America’s unwavering commitment to secure democracy and to the security of our Eastern European allies, recognizing that Poland, as much as any nation, understands that democracy is something that needs to be constantly defended and constantly advanced.  And so it will be a resonant opportunity for him to speak to the people of Poland about our commitment to their security and their democracy.

After that event, the President will fly to Brussels.  He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe.  Then he will attend the G7 summit.  And, as you know, we made the decision to host the Summit in Brussels after suspending Russian participation and moving the summit, of course, from Sochi to Brussels.

That night, the leaders will have a dinner — a working dinner together.  The focus will be on foreign policy issues, and certainly Ukraine will be a focus of the discussion that night.

On Thursday, the President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues.  The energy piece will build on the energy ministerial that took place that did discuss how to move forward on energy diversification and cooperation among G7 countries and the United States and Europe broadly.

Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom.  Then the President will travel to Paris.  That night in Paris, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

On Friday, the President will travel to Normandy.  This, of course, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, an opportunity for the President to pay tribute to our veterans who served in D-Day and then World War II more broadly.  And he’ll speak to their extraordinary service.  He’ll also connect, of course, their extraordinary service to what we’ve seen from the 9/11 generation, who have similarly stood up to serve in a time of war, and done so with great bravery and patriotism.

The President will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial.  And then in the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations.  And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead.

 

Monday

President Obama’s most sweeping policy yet to address global warming — a new rule to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from coal and gas-fired power plants across the United States – will be announced by the The Environmental Protection Agency. The President will discuss the policy in on an off-camera conference call with health advocates. The President leaves for Poland on Monday night.

 

Tuesday

The President arrives in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday morning. He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then they will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting the aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland. Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski. Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk. That evening, the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.

 

Wednesday

In the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine. Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event. At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom. After that event, the President will fly to Brussels, Belgium. He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe. Then he will attend the G7 summit. That night, the leaders will have a working dinner.

 

Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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From The New York Times:

 

With Ukraine Crisis Cooling, President Obama Sets Off to Soothe European Friends

 

 

WASHINGTON — President Obama leaves for Europe on Monday night cautiously optimistic that the crisis in Ukraine has turned a corner, but he will find himself face to face with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for the first time since the two squared off in a Cold-War-style showdown in Eastern Europe.

 

President Obama’s trip to Poland, Belgium and France comes just days after Ukraine elected a pro-European president and Mr. Putin pulled Russian troops back from the border. American and European officials hope the developments have begun to defuse the crisis, and say they have decided to hold off any new sanctions on Russia absent fresh provocative action by Moscow.

 

In his speech at West Point last week, President Obama cited Ukraine as a successful example of uniting the international community against a mutual threat. Susan E. Rice, his national security adviser, sounded a similar theme on Sunday.

 

“The United States, working with our European partners, has rallied to isolate and pressure Russia for its activities in Ukraine,” she said on “This Week,” an ABC News program. “That’s the kind of leadership that only the world’s greatest power can bring to bear.”

 

White House officials said the president would use the trip to meet with the new Ukrainian leader, Petro O. Poroshenko, and to reassure Central and Eastern European allies of American support against Russian aggression. He will consult with allies about next steps, including weaning Europe off Russian gas. But aides said Mr. Obama was not declaring victory in Ukraine.

 

“We believe that the situation continues to be a crisis,” said Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser. “There are people dying on a regular basis in eastern and southern Ukraine, given the violence perpetrated and initiated by separatist factions there. So by no means are we out of the woods on Ukraine.”

 

President Obama arrives in Warsaw on Tuesday to meet not only with Polish leaders but also with leaders from throughout the region who will converge there. On Wednesday, he will meet with Mr. Poroshenko for the first time since his election and then address a public rally celebrating the 25th anniversary of the elections in Poland that signaled the eventual end of Communist rule.Later that day Mr. Obama will fly to Brussels, where he will meet that night and Thursday with counterparts from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan in a reconstituted Group of 7. Their annual summit meeting was originally supposed to be hosted by Mr. Putin in Sochi, but Russia was suspended from the Group of 8 after the intervention in Ukraine.

 

If Mr. Putin is unwelcome in Brussels, however, he will be at President Obama’s next stop in Paris. President François Hollande of France plans to host Mr. Obama for dinner on Thursday and host Mr. Putin separately same evening. President Obama and Mr. Putin will both be at Normandy on Friday for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. No meetings are scheduled, but aides did not rule out an unscripted conversation.

 

President Obama and the Europeans have struggled to stay together on sanctions, with the allies reluctant to jeopardize deeper economic ties with Russia and weary of confrontations beyond their borders. A survey by the Körber Foundation found that only 37 percent of Germans favor more involvement in international crises, compared with 62 percent in a comparable survey 20 years ago.

 

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany is crucial to the coalition facing Russia. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published on Friday, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the foreign minister, called the Ukrainian election “a chance, but not a political solution to the conflict.”

British and French diplomats give President Obama high marks for handling the Ukraine crisis, although they said he came late to understanding the potential Russian threat. In Paris, officials anticipate tension between President Obama and Mr. Hollande over French plans to sell Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia.

Leaders in Poland and the Baltic republics hope President Obama promises additional forces beyond the relatively small deployments sent there in recent weeks. Polish leaders said they hoped President Obama would lay out a clear, unambiguous road map for dealing with a resurgent Russia.

“What we most need to hear from President Obama is what to do with Ukraine, how to deal with this new Russia,” said Aleksander Kwasniewski, the former president of Poland. “We are not interested in a confrontation with the Russians. We are not interested in Cold War II. But we will have a difficult time getting through the next four or five months without very clear and very determined American leadership.”

Poland has spent the last decade shifting focus from Washington to Berlin and Brussels, while nursing a raft of grievances and disappointments over what it saw as America’s inattention and insensitivity. Warsaw bristled when President Obama canceled his predecessor’s plans to station interceptors in Poland as part of a missile defense system. But a reformulated missile defense program approved by President Obama will include a site in Poland.

Bohdan Szklarski, president of the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw, said that the trip was “an opportunity for President Obama” but that he should avoid empty words. “When he is going over his speech, President Obama should cross out the platitudes we always hear, unless they are accompanied by something concrete,” he said.

Polish leaders said President Obama’s trip vindicated their longstanding warnings about Russia. “The usual interpretation of the Polish position in the past has been, oh, it is these crazy Poles expressing their usual disdain for Russia,” said Aleksander Smolar, president of the Stefan Batory Foundation, which advocates civic engagement. “Now, however, people are taking the Polish position more seriously.”

 

 

Participate in the President’s Trip

 

People in the U.S. — and around the world — can participate and follow along on social media through the White House Twitter and Instagram accounts.

 

 

 

 

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